Dr. Chenlu Gao completed her doctoral training in Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Scullin at Baylor University. She is currently a third-year postdoc fellow at the Medical Biodynamics Program (Brigham and Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School). In general, she is interested in studying the connections among sleep, circadian rhythms, and cognition. Under the mentorship of Drs. Peng Li, Kun Hu, and David A Bennett, her ongoing projects investigate how daytime napping characteristics (such as duration, frequency, timing, variability) change during aging, and whether such napping characteristics are informative of future cognitive impairment or dementia in older adults.
The Virtual Seminar Series is a resource to support career development by providing opportunities for trainees and early career investigators to deliver professional talks to an audience of peers and colleagues through online seminars. Our goal is to provide a resource for Sleep Research Society members at all levels of training to get continued exposure to new and exciting sleep and circadian research methods and findings.